Undergraduates delve deeper into translation issues by pursuing a certificate in Translation and Intercultural Communication.   

Certificate Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication, students must meet the following requirements by the end of their sophomore year:

  • Satisfactory completion of the established requirements for admission to one of the cooperating departments or to a department whose plan of study may be combined with this interdepartmental program
  • All students enrolled in the certificate program are required to successfully complete the following program requirements. Each student’s specific course of study must be approved by the program director. 
  • The program's two core courses: TRA 200 Thinking Translation: Language Transfer and Cultural Communication and TRA 400 Senior Seminar in Translation and Intercultural Communication.
  • Four courses at the 200 level or above from at least two of the following three categories:
    • Upper-level courses focusing on translation into and/or from a foreign language (examples include: SPA 308, FRE 407, ARA 308, and CWR 306)
    • Courses that contribute to an understanding of some aspect of translation (may be found in disciplines such as Linguistics, Psychology, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, Comparative Literature, etc.)
    • Any course listed or cross-listed by the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication (with the exception of TRA 200 and TRA 400)

Courses outside these categories that contribute to an understanding of intercultural and interlingual communication may be substituted at the discretion of the program director.

International Experience/Study or Work Abroad

Students wishing to achieve a certificate in the program will spend a year, a semester or six weeks of the summer in a Princeton-approved course of study or internship program in an area where the chosen non-English language of proficiency is spoken. 

Senior Thesis 

Students in the program will write a senior thesis that incorporates issues of translation in one or more of its several senses. In departments where this option presents a difficulty, a student may petition to have another piece of independent work meet the requirement. Such projects may be completed, for instance, during a summer stay abroad.

Language Requirement 

Expertise in a language other than English is an important component of the program. All languages offered by the University apply; check with Tim Waldron about other applicable languages.


Contact Tim Waldron, program manager or call 609-258-9400.